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    Dragon, partially reusable spacecraft, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), Hawthorne, California, USA

    Manufacturer - Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX)

    Home page - spacex.com/dragon

    Dragon on Wikipedia

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    Mission Highlights: SpaceX's Dragon Makes History

    Published on Jul 17, 2012

    On May 25, 2012 SpaceX made history when the Dragon spacecraft became the first privately developed vehicle in history to successfully attach to the International Space Station. Previously only four governments -- the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency -- had achieved this feat. This video features highlights from the mission, including:

    May 22: Launch Day: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon spacecraft into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

    May 23: Dragon orbited Earth as it traveled toward the International Space Station.

    May 24: Dragon's sensors and flight systems were subjected to a series of tests to determine if the vehicle was ready to attach to the space station.

    May 25: NASA gave Dragon the GO to attempt berthing with the station. Dragon approached. It was successfully captured by the station's robotic arm.

    May 26: US astronaut Don Pettit opened Dragon's hatch and the astronauts entered.

    May 31: After six days at the International Space Station, Dragon departed for its return to Earth, carrying a load of cargo for NASA. SpaceX completed its historic mission when Dragon splashed down safely in the Pacific.

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    SpaceX CRS-3 | Falcon 9 and Dragon Go Vertical

    Published on Apr 14, 2014

    The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are raised vertically for the CRS-3 mission to the space station.

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    GoPro: Rocket Launch

    Published on Apr 14, 2014

    Orbital Science Corporation launches an Antares space vehicle on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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    SpaceX-3 Launch Postponed

    Published on Apr 14, 2014

    The SpaceX-3 launch to the International Space Station was scrubbed April 14, 2014 due to a helium leak on the Falcon 9 first stage. The next launch opportunity would be Friday, April 18 at 3:25pm EDT if the issue can be resolved.

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    [SpaceX] Launch of SpaceX's Dragon CRS-3 Spacecraft on Falcon 9v1.1 Rocket

    Published on Apr 18, 2014

    The fourth SpaceX Falcon 9v1.1 rocket to launch successfully lifted off of Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral in Florida today, April 18th 2014 at 19:25 UTC. The rocket carried the fourth ISS-bound Dragon Spacecraft with 2.4 tonns of cargo and supplies for the International Space Station, Dragon is due to arrive on on Sunday- April 20th 2014. This Falcon 9 rocket also was the first to have landing legs installed, SpaceX will test a re-entry burn and landing burn of the first stage over the Atlantic Ocean.

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    New NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station Aboard SpaceX-3 Mission

    Published on Apr 18, 2014

    Approximately 2.4 tons of NASA science investigations and cargo were launched to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The launch aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket took place from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Friday, April 18 at 3:25 p.m. EDT. Dragon's cargo will support more than 150 experiments that will be conducted during space station Expeditions 39 and 40. The spacecraft will be grappled at 7:14 a.m. on Sunday, April 20 by Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Dragon is scheduled to depart the space station May 18 for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California, bringing with it about 3,500 pounds of science and research, hardware, crew supplies and spacewalk tools from the space station.

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    NASA Hosts SpaceX 3 Post Launch News Conference from Kennedy Space Center

    Published on Apr 18, 2014

    A post-launch news conference was held on Friday, April 18 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida following the launch of the SpaceX-3 mission that will deliver approximately 2.4 tons of cargo to the International Space Station.

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    Published on Apr 20, 2014

    After a successful launch on a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX's Dragon CRS-3 Spacecraft was grappled by the Robotic Arm on the International Space Station today, April 20th 2014 at 11:15 UTC. Dragon is full of cargo and supplies for the 6 members onboard. Berthing, where Dragon is mated with a port on the complex will occur later today.

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